List of cities in Israel

This list includes cities that are in Israel and Israeli settlements with city status in the occupied West Bank; Jerusalem includes occupied East Jerusalem. The list is based on the current index of the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Within Israel's system of local government, an urban municipality can be granted a city council by the Israeli Interior Ministry when its population exceeds 20,000.[1] The term "city" does not generally refer to local councils or urban agglomerations, even though a defined city often contains only a small portion of an urban area or metropolitan area's population.

List

Israel has 15 cities with populations over 100,000, including Jerusalem at over 500,000 (including occupied East Jerusalem), and Tel Aviv.[2] In all, there are 76 Israeli municipalities granted "city" status by the Ministry of the Interior. Two more cities are planned: Kasif, a planned city to be built in the Negev, and Harish, originally a small town currently being built into a large city.

The list includes four Israeli settlements in the West Bank, an area outside of sovereign Israeli territory. The United Nations Security Council,[3] the United Nations General Assembly,[4] the International Court of Justice,[5] and the International Committee of the Red Cross[6] refer to it as Occupied Palestinian Territory. The area and population of Jerusalem includes that of East Jerusalem which has been de facto annexed by Israel and incorporated within Jerusalem's municipal borders under the Jerusalem Law. This, however, is not recognized by the international community who regard East Jerusalem as part of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.[7][8]

The following table lists all Israeli cities by name, district, population, and area, according to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics:

Name First
settlement
Photo District Population
estimate,
2017[9]
Population
census,
2008[10]
Change,
2008–
2017
Area,
km²
[11]
Density,
per km²
[12]
Socio-
economic
index[13]
Acre[cbs 1] Bronze Age North 48,303 46,100 +4.78% 13.5 3,362.0 −0.395
Afula Bronze Age North 49,169 40,200 +22.31% 26.9 1,611.7 −0.028
Arad 1962 South 25,530 23,400 +9.10% 93.1 195.9 0.287
Ariel[cbs 2] 1978 Judea and Samaria Area
(West Bank)[note 1]
19,626 17,500 +12.15% 14.7 1,307.5 0.378
Ashdod Bronze Age South 222,883 204,300 +9.10% 47.2 4,783.9 −0.109
Ashkelon[cbs 3] Neolithic South 137,945 110,600 +24.72% 47.8 2,964.8 -0.032
Baqa al-Gharbiyye Middle Ages Haifa 29,035 N/A N/A 16.4 3,152.1 −0.736
Bat Yam 1926 Tel Aviv 128,655 130,300 −1.26% 8.2 15,758.4 −0.025
Beersheba[cbs 4] 1900[note 2] South 207,551 193,400 +7.32% 117.5 1,751.7 0.035
Beit She'an[cbs 5] Neolithic North 17,704 16,900 +4.76% 7.3 2,379.9 −0.277
Beit Shemesh[cbs 6] 1950 Jerusalem 114,371 72,700 +57.32% 34.3 2,866.6 −1.149
Beitar Illit[cbs 7] 1985 Judea and Samaria Area
(West Bank)[note 1]
54,557 32,900 +65.83% 6.8 7,593.5 −1.950
Bnei Brak[cbs 8] 1924 Tel Aviv 193,774 151,800 +27.65% 7.1 25,709.4 −1.304
Dimona 1955 South 33,666 32,400 +3.91% 29.9 193.7 −0.235
Eilat[cbs 9] Neolithic South 50,724 47,300 +7.24% 84.8 509.6 0.247
El'ad 1998 Center 46,896 33,900 +38.34% 2.8 13,138.6 −1.493
Giv'at Shmuel[cbs 10] 1944 Center 25,776 21,000 +22.74% 2.6 9,978.1 1.124
Givatayim[cbs 11] 1922 Tel Aviv 59,518 52,100 +14.24% 3.3 18,058.2 1.417
Hadera 1891 Haifa 93,973 79,400 +18.35% 49.4 1,809.2 0.255
Haifa Antiquity Haifa 281,087 264,300 +6.35% 63.7 4,331.4 0.652
Herzliya[cbs 12] 1924 Tel Aviv 93,989 86,300 +8.91% 21.6 4,291.0 1.373
Hod HaSharon 1924 Center 61,102 46,300 +31.97% 21.6 3,058.9 1.485
Holon 1935 Tel Aviv 192,624 176,300 +9.26% 18.9 10,017.7 0.509
Jerusalem Neolithic Jerusalem 901,302 759,700 +18.64% 125.2 7,014.1 −0.802
Kafr Qasim[cbs 13] 19th century Center 22,743 18,400 +23.60% 8.7 2,391.5 −0.841
Karmiel[cbs 14] 1964 North 45,919 44,200 +3.89% 19.2 2,056.3 0.309
Kfar Saba[cbs 15] 1903 Center 100,039 82,800 +20.82% 14.2 6,831.0 1.191
Kfar Yona[cbs 16] 1932 Center 22,537 16,500 +36.59% 11.0 1,962.4 0.786
Kiryat Ata[cbs 17] 1925 Haifa 57,518 50,400 +14.12% 16.7 3,253.0 0.249
Kiryat Bialik[cbs 18] 1934 Haifa 39,582 37,200 +6.40% 8.2 4,650.1 0.567
Kiryat Gat[cbs 19] 1954 South 53,487 47,500 +12.60% 16.3 3,328.2 −0.378
Kiryat Malakhi[cbs 20] 1950 South 22,337 20,500 +8.96% 4.6 4,741.2 −0.594
Kiryat Motzkin[cbs 21] 1934 Haifa 41,440 38,100 +8.77% 3.8 10,612.0 0.590
Kiryat Ono[cbs 22] 1939 Tel Aviv 39,398 30,000 +31.33% 4.1 8,557.8 1.513
Kiryat Shmona[cbs 23] 1949 North 22,844 23,200 −1.53% 14.2 1,595.8 −0.014
Kiryat Yam[cbs 24] 1941 Haifa 39,710 37,700 +5.33% 4.3 8,568.6 0.018
Lod Neolithic Center 74,604 69,400 +7.50% 12.2 6,078.3 −0.448
Ma'ale Adumim[cbs 25] 1975 Judea and Samaria Area
(West Bank)[note 1]
37,817 33,600 +12.55% 49.2 765.7 0.298
Ma'alot-Tarshiha 1963 North 21,267 20,600 +3.24% 6.8 2,303.0 0.024
Migdal HaEmek[cbs 26] 1953 North 25,371 23,900 +6.15% 7.6 2,876.6 −0.273
Modi'in Illit 1994 Judea and Samaria Area
(West Bank)[note 1]
70,081 40,800 +71.77% 4.7 16,837.9 −2.075
Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut
[cbs 27]
1985 Center 91,328 69,300 +31.79% 50.2 1,862.5 1.351
Nahariya[cbs 28] 1935 North 56,071 51,300 +9.30% 10.2 4,941.8 0.436
Nazareth Bronze Age North 76,551 71,700 +6.77% 14.1 5,357.9 −0.558
Nazareth Illit[cbs 29] 1957 North 40,596 41,400 −1.94% 32.5 1,224.4 0.055
Nesher 1923 Haifa 23,749 23,300 +1.93% 12.8 1,828.9 0.783
Ness Ziona[cbs 30] 1883 Center 49,108 36,100 +36.03% 15.6 3,071.5 1.265
Netanya 1929 Center 214,101 180,100 +18.88% 29.0 6,807.7 0.240
Netivot 1956 South 33,779 26,100 +29.42% 5.6 2,874.7 −0.760
Ofakim[cbs 31] 1955 South 27,771 24,000 +15.71% 10.3 2,565.0 −0.757
Or Akiva[cbs 32] 1951 Haifa 17,759 16,000 +10.99% 3.5 3,165.3 −0.097
Or Yehuda 1955 Tel Aviv 36,706 33,900 +8.28% 5.1 5,477.7 0.133
Petah Tikva[cbs 33] 1878 Center 240,357 200,300 +20.00% 35.9 6,626.5 0.655
Qalansawe Middle Ages Center 22,370 18,200 +22.91% 8.4 2,603.2 −1.011
Ra'anana[cbs 34] 1922 Center 72,810 68,300 +6.60% 14.9 4,833.8 1.462
Rahat 1972 South 66,791 50,000 +33.58% 19.6 3,283.9 −1.848
Ramat Gan 1921 Tel Aviv 156,277 143,600 +8.83% 13.2 9,376.1 1.041
Ramat HaSharon 1923 Tel Aviv 46,019 39,000 +18.00% 16.8 2,708.3 1.796
Ramla 8th century Center 75,668 65,700 +15.17% 11.9 6,252.2 −0.333
Rehovot 1890 Center 138,379 111,100 +24.55% 23.0 5,712.4 0.629
Rishon LeZion[cbs 35] 1882 Center 249,860 226,800 +10.17% 58.7 4,212.6 0.886
Rosh HaAyin 1949 Center 50,453 37,900 +33.12% 24.4 2,868.0 0.578
Safed[cbs 36] Bronze Age North 35,276 29,600 +19.18% 29.2 1,123.5 −1.011
Sakhnin Bronze Age North 30,548 25,100 +21.71% 9.8 3,062.2 −0.740
Sderot[cbs 37] 1951 South 25,138 20,700 +21.44% 4.5 3,788.0 −0.223
Shefa-'Amr[cbs 38] Bronze Age North 41,024 35,700 +14.91% 19.8 2,065.0 −0.784
Tamra N/A North 33,380 28,100 +18.79% 29.3 1,118.1 −0.983
Tayibe N/A Center 42,401 35,700 +18.77% 18.7 2,198.7 −0.878
Tel Aviv[cbs 39] Bronze Age
(Jaffa)
Tel Aviv 443,939 402,600 +10.27% 51.8 8,473.0 1.221
Tiberias 20 North 43,664 41,600 +4.96% 10.9 2,663.5 −0.379
Tira[cbs 40] N/A Center 25,721 22,200 +15.86% 11.9 2,128.7 −0.469
Tirat Carmel[cbs 41] N/A Haifa 21,256 18,600 +14.28% 5.6 3,425.4 −0.138
Umm al-Fahm N/A Haifa 54,240 45,000 +20.53% 22.3 2,053.4 −1.294
Yavne Bronze Age Center 45,483 32,800 +38.67% 10.7 2,690.9 0.455
Yehud-Monosson N/A Center 29,689 26,200 +13.32% 5.0 5,862.3 1.034
Yokneam Illit[cbs 42] 1950 North 22,746 19,000 +19.72% 7.4 2,649.1 0.800

See also

Notes

General
  1. 1 2 3 4 Located in the Israeli-occupied territories.
  2. Tel Be'er Sheva, remains of the ancient town, lies east of the modern city.
Official spellings
  1. Akko
  2. Ari'el
  3. Ashqelon
  4. Be'er Sheva
  5. Bet She'an
  6. Bet Shemesh
  7. Betar Illit
  8. Bene Beraq
  9. Elat
  10. Giv'at Shemu'el
  11. Giv'atayim
  12. Herzliyya
  13. Kafar Qasem
  14. Karmi'el
  15. Kefar Sava
  16. Kefar Yona
  17. Qiryat Atta
  18. Qiryat Bialik
  19. Qiryat Gat
  20. Qiryat Mal'akhi
  21. Qiryat Motzkin
  22. Qiryat Ono
  23. Qiryat Shemona
  24. Qiryat Yam
  25. Ma'ale Adummim
  26. Migdal HaEmeq
  27. Modi'in-Makkabbim-Re'ut
  28. Nahariyya
  29. Nazerat Illit
  30. Nes Ziyyona
  31. Ofaqim
  32. Or Aqiva
  33. Petah Tiqwa
  34. Ra'annana
  35. Rishon LeZiyyon
  36. Zefat
  37. Sederot
  38. Shefar'am
  39. Tel Aviv-Yafo
  40. Tire
  41. Tirat Karmel
  42. Yoqne'am Illit

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